Cree 60-Watt Replacement Soft White LED Review


<p>Cree light bulbs have been billed as the ones to bring LEDs into the mainstream, and Cree LED reviews establish the soft white 60-watt replacement as a critical darling. To generate 800 lumens, the same brightness as a 60-watt incandescent, this Energy Star-rated bulb uses only 9.5 watts of electricity (compared with 13 or 14 for a CFL). A reviewer at <a href="" target="_blank">CNET</a> lauds the efficiency and the expected lifespan of more than 20 years, which combine to make this LED a good value despite the cost (<span class="ad_int"><a href="" class="sdc_link_internal" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" title="Compare prices on">starting at $9.97 per bulb in many locations</a></span>, <span class="ad_int"><a href="" class="amazon_link_internal" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" title="Buy it from Amazon">Amazon</a></span><img src="" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />). The price looks better when you consider that LEDs can command $40 or more per bulb.</p> 

<p>On the whole, consumers who have posted Cree LED reviews at <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Home Depot</a>, the brand's retail partner, seem to agree the price is right. In the opinion of many, the Cree light bulbs make a much more appealing substitute for incandescents than CFLs do. Reviewers say the light is attractive, the brightness sufficient, and the bulbs versatile. They can go indoors or out and pair with dimmable switches, whereas many CFLs can't, although a few users complain about a discernable buzz when the light is dimmed. This soft white bulb is the same 2,700 Kelvin on the color temperature scale as most incandescents, giving it a familiar yellow-ish glow.</p> 

<p>A rubberized coating makes this LED shatterproof but also attracts dust, which is hard to remove -- a minor quibble by a reviewer at <a href="" target="_blank">Gizmag</a>. Otherwise he's yet another in the legion of experts singing Cree's praises. Of course, the big story with all LED bulbs is their extreme longevity. While the jury is still out there because these light bulbs are fairly new, we've seen no complaints among consumers about reduced lifespan or burned-out bulbs. The Cree 60-Watt Replacement Soft White LED comes with a 10-year warranty.</p> 

<p>The company produces a number of LEDs in other other styles, wattages, and color spectrum choices. The TW Series features a color rendering index of 93, compared with a CRI of 80 for the light bulb reviewed here, which means it illuminates nearly a full spectrum of colors. It's generally more expensive, though. One other draw for many consumers: These bulbs are manufactured in the USA.</p>

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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